Speedtech built Camaro in Super Chevy Suspension Challenge 2014

“The ’68 that Speed Tech brought to the party was borrowed from one of its customers, and while he did the paint and engine, the wrenches at Speed Tech installed all the turn-hard goodies.

For most the power from a 421ci stroked LS3 would be enough, but this one has an extra 4-liters of Whipple supercharger stuffing in tons of atmosphere. It makes around 850 horsepower on pump gas. …Matting the throttle was an exhibition in full-on “yeeee-haaaaw!” it was a blast in a straight line. As far as ride and handling go, my expectations were that this could be a bucking bronco, but it was actually quite the opposite. The ride was remarkably compliant. No, the solid rear axle setup didn’t soak up the bumps as well as the independent rear in the second-gen we tested last month, but it was not the least bit objectionable either. And it surely didn’t cost nearly as much as an IRS setup.”

 

“I’d say considering this had Speed Tech’s full Track Time package, including its front subframe and torque arm setup, it was quite liveable. It was far more composed going down the road than a stocker, but not the least bit harsh. One thing I liked was the manual steering. It wasn’t as fast on track as you’d like, but for a street car it was good, a nice departure from some of the over-boosted power setups we’ve experienced.”

“When you look at the numbers the car turned in on our abbreviated course at the Streets of Willow Springs—nearly a second a lap quicker than the fixed roof Corvette bogey car and over 2 mph faster than the C5 through the slalom—you know the Speed Tech parts are doing their job. I’d have no qualms about recommending these parts for someone’s next project.”

“What’s cool about Speed Tech is they’re now down here in the States eagerly advising customers and selling products, and everything they manufacture and sell are systems and parts that have been thoroughly tested (this means thrashed and punished) on their own rides. Speed Tech mostly sells systems, not piecemeal parts. As for this particular Camaro, it’s a customer car that was put together for this Challenge barely a week before. The drawbacks about this particular entry had absolutely nothing to do with the suspension, as overall the Camaro went where it was pointed. The Speed Tech-designed rear suspension torque arm/Panhard bar did its best to keep power planted where it belonged—on the pavement—and this system is an “off the shelf” package and exactly as listed in their catalog.”

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St. George, Utah 84790

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